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Essay:Duce's political and policy views

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A list of policy ideas and political views supported by DuceMoosolini. Based on TheUmbilicalCordGuy's userpage (with some ideas taken verbatim). Subject to change.

Agriculture[edit]

  • End the ethanol fuel mandate.
  • GMOs are good.
  • Support local farms over factory mega-farms.

Civil liberties[edit]

Abortion[edit]

  • End the global gag rule.
  • Ban abortion after the third trimester unless critically necessary; it's not like third trimester abortions even really happen anyways.
  • Increase funding to Planned Parenthood.
  • Allow private health plans to cover abortion and contraceptives nationwide.
  • End the Hyde Amendment.
  • "Personhood" measures are ridiculous.

Surveillance[edit]

  • End unwarranted domestic surveillance.
  • Abolish the NSA.
  • Gut the bloated and ineffective TSA; implement modified Israel-style security plans instead.
  • Do not require tech companies to create "backdoors" into their products.
  • Do not allow cops to search phones or computers without a warrant.
  • Do not allow cops to use thermal imaging without a warrant.
  • Pardon Snowden and other idealistic whistleblowers.

Other[edit]

  • Legalize prostitution.
  • Allow voluntary euthanasia for the terminally ill.
  • Allow state contractors to boycott whomever they like.
  • Mandate increased de-escalation training for all police departments.
  • Remove military equipment from police departments.
  • Establish methods of communication with community members; especially religious figures.
  • Use special prosecutors in police misconduct investigations.
  • Improve the collection of data on police killings.

Criminal justice[edit]

Cops[edit]

  • Establish civilian review boards for all police departments.
  • Ban stop-and-frisk.
  • Ban racial profiling.
  • Ban no-knock raids.

Prisons[edit]

  • Restrict usage of the death penalty to heinous acts of mass murder.
  • End cash bail.
  • End civil asset forfeiture.
  • End mandatory minimums.
  • End non-unanimous jury convictions nationwide.
  • End private prisons; transfer all prisoners to federal facilities once new ones are built to accommodate them.
  • Build more prisons to end overcrowding.
  • Respect religious rights of prisoners: allow access to religious texts and clergy.

Drug policy[edit]

  • Decriminalize marijuana for personal use on the federal level.
  • Pardon people for nonviolent drug offenses.
  • Provide mandatory counseling and addiction services instead of sending people to prison.

Enemy combatants[edit]

  • Ban the use of torture against any captured enemy.

Education[edit]

K-12[edit]

  • Provide tutors for under-performing students.
  • Provide free breakfast and lunch for students at all income levels and cancel student lunch debt. End "lunch shaming".
  • Move to a 9-to-5 school day to match parents' schedules.
  • Pay teachers properly, like at least $50k a year.
  • Expand teacher residency programs to give new educators experience teaching under a mentor.
  • Every school should have a counselor, nurse, and social worker.
  • Provide personal computers for students to use during the school year.
  • End standardized testing.
  • Increase sex education.
  • Stop subsidizing private schools.
  • Make sure that evolution, vaccines, and climate science are taught in all schools.
  • These courses should be required by the end of high school:
    • Personal economics.
    • Macroeconomics.
    • Civics and government.
    • Comparative government.
    • Computers/typing.

Higher education[edit]

  • Tuition-free public colleges and trade schools.
  • Cancel student loan debt for people going to public colleges.
  • Increase college mentorship programs.

Environment[edit]

  • Institute a carbon tax.
  • Require coal plants to transition to natural gas.
  • Fund carbon sequestration.
  • Fund ocean trash clean-up efforts.
  • Fund the creation of wave-energy-conversion power plants.
  • Fund the EPA.
  • Always publish climate science data.
  • Increase nuclear power plants.
  • Fund the creation of wind farms throughout the Midwest.

Elections[edit]

  • Institute automatic voter registration nationwide.
  • Election Day should be a federal holiday.
  • Have congressional district lines drawn by a nonpartisan entity.
  • Abolish the Electoral College; elect presidents with a ranked-choice system.
  • Improve elections cybersecurity.
  • Offer mail ballots to all voters.
  • Offer early in-person voting to all voters in the week prior to Election Day.
  • Invalidate state laws that discourage or prevent recounts. Every voter has the right to have their vote counted.
  • People who've been a naturalized citizen for, say, 20 years should be eligible for the presidency.
  • Citizens naturalized at birth should be unequivocally announced as eligible for the presidency.
  • Limit Senators to two terms and Representatives to six terms.
  • Offer statehood and representation to D.C and the US colonies.

Foreign relations[edit]

  • End support for the Saudi War in Yemen.
  • In fact, ban the sale of weapons to the Saudis.
  • Close foreign US military bases except for the ones in East Asia and Eastern Europe.
  • Normalize relations with Cuba, with the exception of arms sales.
  • Increase energy exports to Europe, help European countries get fracking industries jump-started.
  • Strengthen US-Indian relations, especially when it comes to economics and countering China.
  • Strengthen strategic ties to Vietnam.
  • Strike a peace agreement with the Taliban based on the Colombia-FARC accord, then leave Afghanistan.
  • Negotiate a new Iran Deal.
  • Join the International Criminal Court.
  • Strengthen economic and strategic relations with Brazil.
  • Provide foreign aid to Central America, particularly in the areas of energy and infrastructure.
  • Announce America's consent for limited Japanese rearmament against China.
  • Continue opposition to Maduro's criminal government in Venezuela.
  • Sanction Burma for its unacceptable persecution of the Rohingya.
  • The next Democratic president will have to go on a literal "apology tour" to convince the world that sanity has been restored.

Foreign affairs[edit]

  • Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan deserve to remain independent.
  • Two-state solution is the way to go for Israel and Palestine.
  • Opposed to Brexit.
  • Gibraltar should stay British.
  • The Kurdish people deserve their own nation-state.
  • Grant Kashmir pseudo-independence as a UN-mandated buffer state between India and Pakistan.

Guns[edit]

  • Mandate universal background checks for gun purchases.
  • Mandate mandatory waiting periods for gun purchases.
  • Pass gun-violence restraining order statutes nationwide.
  • Prosecute people whose guns are used in mass killings if it's found they did not secure them.
  • Ban high-capacity clips for civilians.
  • Mandate that all gun sales be registered with the government.
  • Mandate that gun owners purchase liability insurance.

Health[edit]

Health issues[edit]

  • Mandate vaccinations, only allow medical exceptions. Vaccines are a public health issue.
  • Crack down on the alternative medicine industry.

Healthcare industry[edit]

  • Enact Medicare for All.
  • Medicaid is good for the economy; expand eligibility.
  • Crack down on copyright abuse by pharma corporations.
  • Ban prescription drug advertising.
  • Mandate that drug companies use a cost-based pricing system instead of manipulating customers.
  • Allow the government to negotiate drug prices.
  • The government should control pricing for crucial rare drugs.
  • Ensure adequate funding of the Children’s Health Insurance Program.
  • Expand medical school loan-forgiveness programs.
  • Lower barriers to immigration for foreign-trained physicians and allow them to practice.
  • Legalize and support telehealth and remote patient monitoring.

Immigration[edit]

  • Abolish ICE.
  • End family separation policies.
  • Support private sponsorship of refugees.
  • Incentivize foreign doctors and healthcare professionals to settle in the rural US.
  • Establish a pathway to citizenship plan for non-criminal illegals.
  • Remove limits on the number or "quality" of immigrants; only bar criminals from entry.

Infrastructure[edit]

Transportation[edit]

  • Fix the highways.
  • Fix the inland waterways, dams, and canals.
  • Increase incentives for cities to create public transportation systems.
  • Build a high-speed rail system to connect the major US cities.

Telecommunications[edit]

  • Fix the electrical infrastructure.
  • Build fiber-optic internet cables to provide fiber internet access nationwide.
  • Restore net neutrality.
  • Create a public internet service provider.

Housing[edit]

  • Build low-income housing.
  • Provide incentives on the state and federal levels for communities which allow more residential constructions.

Social issues[edit]

General[edit]

  • Ratify the Equal Rights Amendment.
  • Replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day on the federal and state level.

LGBT+[edit]

  • Allow LGBT+ adoption.
  • Ban conversion therapy.
  • Provide an "other" option for gender on government documents.
  • Pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, but do not exempt "small businesses".
  • Disallow gay panic and trans panic legal defenses for any crimes.
  • End the ban on trans people serving in the military.
  • No trans bathroom bans.
  • None of that "parody marriage" bullshit.

Taxation[edit]

  • Create a free public online tax filing and preparation system with maximum returns and an option for automatic tax filing.
  • Establish a wealth tax like the one proposed by Senator Warren.
  • Hike the estate tax on millionaires and billionaires.
  • Increase capital gains and corporate taxes.

Trade[edit]

  • Pro-free trade.

Welfare[edit]

  • Keep Social Security alive, although I'm open to increasing the retirement age.
  • Expand food stamp eligibility.